Is this women on too many medications?
- 24 Apr 2013 by Anonymous
- 28 Apr 2013
- depression, asthma, pain, medication
She is currently suffering with back-pain. Being out of work also led to depression and relative inactivity. She is 47 years old, has bad asthma, and is a smoker. The drugs she is on are the following:
Added 24 Apr 2013:
That is like holding the phone to your car engine and asking the mechanic to diagnose. No sensible person would try. You can, however, go with her to next appointment, if she wishes, and voice your concern.
Its an impossibility to judge without knowing how she is reacting to them. Some people take so many meds and every one off then would knock me on my butt but they are just fine.
Hi there, my lil chickie.
I checked out each of these meds to see what they were used for. I wonder if this will help:
Orlistat is used for obesity, and other medical conditions,
Pregabalin(Lyrica) is an anticonvulsant drug that treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia or spinal cord injury, and of course other medical conditions.
Diazepam is used for anxiety, muscle spasms and anti-seizures, and of course, other medical conditions.
Morphine patches is a narcotic pain med.
Amitriptyline is used to treat depression and other medical conditions,
Zoloft is an antidepressant that affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression, panic attacks, anxiety, or obsessive compulsive symptoms.
If she takes all of these meds together regularly, this might be a problem. It sure appears that way. Many of these meds are used for the same thing. There are a lot of our friends who take multiple meds, including myself. I haven't chatted with anyone who's taking this combination of meds. Their strong meds that need to be closely monitored by her doc. Maybe you could discuss this with her. You know better than I how she'll react.
John, why do you ask this question? I may be wrong, but I sense your doubting her usage.
Please keep me updated on this issue. I'm very curious.(like that's a good reason)
You take care, John. Your doing a good thing for your friend.
Go see your pharmacist to see how she should be taking these drugs and when. When she starts taking something new there should be someone who keeps track of side effects if any before continuing them. That's important! If she cannot do this someone close to her should. Maybe that is why she is not reacting well to them. If she cannot take care of herself someone should go to see the doctors with her to voice the concerns as you are voicing!
Depending on their various medical problems, it's not uncommon for some people to take upwards of 20 meds per day. We have no idea what this woman's health problems are and we cannot (should not) judge the quality of her care. It is impossible to understand what you mean by "bad", due to the "high dosages," unless you are a medical professional yourself and/or are familiar with standard dosage for these drugs.
It is evident that you feel she is on too many medications, but you don't share the reasons with us. I think that the advice you have been given, asking her permission to accompany her to her next Dr.'s appointment is good advice. You can ask questions and express your concerns. All of these meds may be appropriate for her various problems and the dosages may or may not be correct. We cannot take wild guesses and judge the woman with so little information. It's not fair. Perhaps you can give us some more background and we can try to help further. It's not clear if this is from a position of love or you're planning to come down on her. Let us know a bit more about diagnosis, history, dosage and side effects. We might then be able to offer more guidance.
I take 23 different medications, not all at the same time. Plus doctors have recommended 7 different vitamins or supplements, plus Miralax and Benefiber, plus 3 different kinds of injections that I get frequently. Most of them I take for severe chronic migraines which have severely disabled me. I've had appointments with a pharmacist specialist, as well as all my doctors are very in tune with every medication that I am taking. The medications are printed out before all my doctor appointments and they look at them every time. And all agree on my medications. It's really a doctor's job or other doctors to evaluate what your "woman" needs. If you think that she needs a different doctor, then have her get a second opinion on her meds. This blog is not appropriate to adequately assess this woman's meds. Only a doctor that knows all the details of this woman's medical conditions can assess it properly.
Wow! Talk about CNS depressants, know wonder she's depressed.
My biggest question is: are all these pills being prescribed by the same doctor/pharmacy.
The side effects/ contraindicators between drugs could be very serious.
As a patient, our responsibilities to ourselves don't stop just because we've already seen the doctor.
I hope this gal someday will realize help from a doctor doesn't have to come by way of a pill.
There's other forms of therapy such as psychotherapy, physical therapy and possible acupuncture if her pain is unbearable.
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